Edition 2015

Olympus Engages in a Photographic Conversation

SMITH / Rebecca Topakian / Denis Darzacq / Swen Renault / Paolo Woods / Elsa Leydier

A partner of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles for seven years now, Olympus continues the dialogue between students and great contemporary photographers that it initiated two years ago. Three graduate students —Elsa Leydier, Swen Renault and Rebecca Topakian—are invited to enter into a ‘conversation’ with three eminent photographers: Denis Darzacq, SMITH and Paolo Woods. It is a question of an exchange of views in all senses of the term: from a body of fifteen images proposed by each of the ‘referents’, the students in turn produce images constituting so many responses. By appropriating established photographers’ images, the students can expand, refute or integrate them in collage creations – in short, they can in turn produce new works. Throughout the process, regular conversations between ‘masters’ and students nurture the photographic dialogue.

Prints by Picto, Paris, and Voies O , Arles.
Framing by Picto, Paris, and Voies O , Arles.
Prints by Picto, Paris, and Voies Off , Arles. 
Framing by Picto, Paris, and Voies Off , Arles.
Exhibition venue: Couvent Saint-Césaire.

  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture